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Can I brine meat after cooking it?

It won't do anything useful. Brining works on raw meat by denaturing some of the proteins inside the cells so they gel and hold tightly onto their water. It also gets tasty salt in. Cooked meat has ...
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Is it possible to make taste of raw oily salmon less pronounced?

My suggestion would be if you don't like the taste don't buy the fish in the first place, however if you have bought fish and then found out it's too strong a flavor there are a few things you can do: ...
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Can salted capers be un-salted?

Yes. Brined capers also have a lot of salt, so you're not really trying to remove the salt, just dissolve it a bit. The way I've done this is to simply take out about 1/4 of the capers, add a ...
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Is beef ever brined?

People often marinate beef cuts like flank steak or skirt steak. Dry brining (pre-salting) beef is pretty common, such as for prepping many steaks. Wet brining is also pretty common -- corned beef ...
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Can I brine meat after cooking it?

You cannot brine after cooking but you could slice the meat and place it in a jus. You see this commonly with "Italian Beef" and "French Dip" sandwiches. Take whatever drippings you have left and add ...
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Could you brine steak?

There certainly are proponents of brining beef to impact texture and flavor. In my looking across the internets, it appears that dry "brining" is more common than wet, but both are used for steaks. ...
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Could you brine steak?

For tender meat like steak, brining is generally not needed (nor recommended). However I can see some applications where you'd want to delicately brine a thick cut of a steak by submerging the meat ...
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How do I fix pickles that are too sour?

If you are going to do anything, do it when you are ready to put the pickles in the fridge again, not when canning - acid keeps the canned pickles safe. So - leave them really sour as canned. When ...
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Can I use chicken brine as a base to make a broth?

Tasty and quite salty, YES, (the taste will be salt!) with need to water down are probably GROSS understatements. You gain nothing trying to save/reuse it. Discard it! It will have very little flavor ...
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Is it possible to make taste of raw oily salmon less pronounced?

I work on a gillnet boat in Alaska for a few weeks each summer. Here are some tips: Get the freshest fish you can. I know you asked about the curing process specifically, but it all starts here. ...
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Is beef ever brined?

Yes. To make pastrami or corned beef, one must brine the meat for about a week. Corning, brining, and pickling are all variants of the same process - curing meat in a sugar- and/or salt-water ...
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Fermented Carrots

For the record, your brine was most likely fine. It's normal for lacto-ferments to get cloudy. As for replacing the brine, I would use another batch of salt-brine, and possibly toss in some fresh ...
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Are long brines neccesary for sous vide?

Typically brines are for tenderizing and penetrating flavour into the meat. The use of the brine would be to break down the tough meat Though a sous vide does tenderize mildly with the long cooking ...
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Brining vs Salting - what's going on?

The question starts with an inaccurate assumption. Salt does NOT necessarily result in "drier steak." Salting a steak will draw some moisture out of the outermost layer of meat initially. That's ...
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Can you brine frozen meat?

No, you can't. Or at least, you won't get the result you're really looking for. Water needs to be able to move through the meat for the salt and flavorings to be transported to the inner cells of ...
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Accidentally bought a "butter basted" turkey. Can/should I still brine it?

Pre-basted turkey is indeed already brined. You can double check this by looking on the ingredient list of the turkey packaging and you should see a salt or vinegar solution listed. You can still ...
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Himalayan salt in a brine

No, not really. There are plenty of curing recipes for pastrami that do not use curing salts and you can use Himalayan for them. It is really just rock salt with some iron oxide (rust) in it. Some ...
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Why do home-made pickles float in the jar, but commercial pickles don't?

I've noticed in my experience if I cut the vegetables and put them in a bowl with salt water for a couple of hour in the fridge. Then remove and rinse for 3 to 5 minutes before canning, they don't ...
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Which sugar for brining?

For a brine, no it doesn't really matter, except that granulated sugar will dissolve more nicely than raw sugar. The sugar is for flavor more than anything else, though it does help the brine some. ...
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Brining Turkey - 4 Days in Fridge - Partially Grey

The color is likely due to other intensely colored ingredients in your marinade, notably balsamic and pomegranates. They can discolor other items so I wouldn't be too surprised if this happened to the ...
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Are there ingredients I should avoid in a brine?

The short answer is to just stick to salt, because nothing else is going to meaningfully impact the brining process. But there are certainly some things that would be actively harmful. Your question ...
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How much and what seasoning to should I use in a turkey brine?

Before I try to answer some of your core question with my best from the gut answer, I want to address a bit of an issue with the question itself. Since I am the author of the question and answer upon ...
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Why do home-made pickles float in the jar, but commercial pickles don't?

Most likely commercial pickles are preserved by an accurate pasteurisation and ascorbic acid or other chemical preservatives so that the "brine" contains much less salt as compared to your homemade ...
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Is it ok if there is brine on top of my sauerkraut but not in the middle and bottom portion of my jar while fermenting?

If there’s brine on top, there is definitely brine in the middle and bottom. Gravity sees to that. It’s likely that during the active fermentation, enough gas has built up in these areas that it looks ...
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Pink scum on top of brine in crock of sauerkraut

If you're seeing pink scum, it's probably a yeast called Hanseniaspora uvarum. This yeast can make a pink or reddish film on the surface of the sauerkraut during fermentation. Typically this yeast ...
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Is beef ever brined?

In a manner of speaking, kashering is a form of brining, albeit one meant to remove blood from the meat, rather than to flavour it. Despite the specialisation of the link, kashering is done for all ...
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Is it safe to thaw chicken to have it brined and then freeze again?

In this case I would err on the side of safety and advise against refreezing the chicken for one reason - it was thawed in water for a couple of hours. Had it been thawed in the refrigerator it would ...
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Can you cut cucumbers when you make them in brine?

I don't see how it would change the process. Besides, I've seen the same pickled fermented cucumbers cut, although lengthwise. However you cut them, it will be fine.
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Does marinating hinder brining?

First: the information that "marinades only penetrate 1/8 inch" appears to be entirely from the show America's Test Kitchen (ATK); I reviewed multiple articles on it on the internet, and all of them ...
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Can i brine chicken in seawater?

Some considerations: Typical chicken brines range from 5 - 10% salinity. The sea averages 3.5% salinity (there are variables such as region, distance from estuaries, and weather that also impact ...
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